Tourists banned from popular Scottish holiday islands – ‘unprecedented’

“Tragically, this destructive disease could be with us for some time to come.

“In Scotland, with the new task force announced last week, we and our partners are committed to sharing our expertise and coordinating action on the ground.”

Along with great skuas and gannets, herring gulls, kittiwakes, Arctic terns and puffins have tested positive for the disease.

There are fears the flu could spread to endangered birds, including species of which there are less than 100 left in the UK.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said the latest outbreak of avian flu was the largest ever seen in the UK.

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